Trio of Zebras of PTC No. 6 by Patricia Montgomery


RIDE THE CAROUSEL FOR 25 CENTS! No, that is not a price from yesteryear but the price today for a ride on the Kit Carson County Carousel in Burlington, Colorado which is located just off Interstate 70 on the Colorado/Kansas border.

Although there were nearly 4,000 wooden carousels carved in the U.S. between 1885 and 1930, there are fewer than 150 still in existence. The one in Burlington is a magnificent example of the menegerie carousel which includes other animals in addition to horses.

There are 46 hand-carved animals mounted on a 45-foot diameter platform. The largest animals are on the outside row, each with intricate carvings ranging from a giraffe with a snake twined around its neck to a armed gnome perched behind the saddle of a zebra!

This carousel was manufactured in 1905 by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company (PTC). Carousels made by PTC are identified by numbers in the order they were made. Therefore, the one in Burlington is identified as the PTC No. 6 which indicates that it was the sixth (of 74) manufactured.

The PTC No. 6 is a 3-row ride and the animals do not move up and down. Currently housed in a 12-sided wooden building, this 100+ year old carousel has been completely restored and still has original paint on both the cotton muslin scenery panels and on the animals.

The PTC No. 6 was originally run by the 1902 General Electric Induction Motor. Amazingly this motor has never been rebuilt and still powers the carousel on special occasions at more than 10-12 miles per hour! The average carousel has a speed of 8 mph.

The PTC No. 6 was designated a National Historic Site in 1979, then designed a National Historic Landmark in l987, and is the only one in Colorado that you can ride!

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  • Mar Silva
    Mar Silvaalmost 7 years ago

    I have never seen a Zebra on a carousal! How awesome and beautiful.
    All of these images are:)

  • handprintz
    handprintzalmost 7 years ago

    Like Mar l have never seen Zebra’s on a carousel,so very lovely! wonderful capture Patricia

  • MKWhite
    MKWhitealmost 7 years ago

    Nicely captured. They have obviously taken very good care of their carousel. :)

  • Anne Smyth
    Anne Smythalmost 7 years ago

    wonderfully composed – great image

  • George Lenz
    George Lenzalmost 7 years ago

    nice capture

  • skyhorse
    skyhorseover 6 years ago

    Patricia, you just know this whole series will be a fav with me – the zebras are amazing! $0.25 a ride – I’m on my way … (it is definitely going on the places to see list for my hoped-for USA trip)

    Aren’t they beautiful? Love the angle of the shot too. I adore PTC carousels, they are my favourite maker – thanks for the extensive history on this :-D

  • SueAnne
    SueAnneover 6 years ago

    Carousels are so beautiful

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